Tadej Pogačar wins stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia.

Giro stage 16 report: Miserable conditions can’t stop Tadej Pogačar

The race leader makes it five stage wins on a cold and wet day in the mountains.

That’s five – count ’em, five – Giro stage wins for Tadej Pogačar.

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Tadej Pogačar soared to his fifth Giro d’Italia stage win on Tuesday, climbing through cold and wet weather to win a shortened stage 16 in Santa Cristina Valgardena.

On a day that saw the initially planned route changed and then changed again due to inclement weather, the Giro’s overall leader bided his time until the final few kilometers, when he surged through what was left of a group of prior attackers to win ahead of one of them, 20-year-old Giulio Pellizzari (VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè), with Daniel Martínez (Bora-Hansgrohe) in third.

Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) did not fare nearly as well on the chilly day in the mountains, losing a chunk of time on the final climb and dropping from second to third on the overall standings.

Pogačar makes it five



Brief analysis

Tadej Pogačar on stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia.
Pogačar and at least a few of the fans were undeterred by the weather.

Quote of the day

I was thinking that Pellizzari would win today’s stage and he was close, and I’m super happy that he arrives second also. I really admire him in this Giro already, and he sent me a photo that we took in 2019. I was actually a small kid and he was also a small kid, and it was an amazing memory from Strade Bianche, and now he’s here and he’s going really strong, and maybe he can win a stage this week.”

Tadej Pogačar after his stage 16 victory.

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